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Fir Class - Year Four (Mrs Johnson)

Fir Class 2017/18


Summer Term

Hello and welcome to Summer 2! We have had such a busy year and I can't believe it's nearly over - what a fantastic job you have done in Year 4! 
We have one last half term left and it is packed full of fun, and here is what will be happening..



English -

This half term in English we have lots of topics to cover: we will be debating and thinking about both sides to an argument; 

exploring poetry and respond to poems through drama and creative writing; and looking at folk tales including the classic Brer Rabbit.




Maths - Maths this half term will continue on telling the time, then moving onto statistics where we will look at and interpret bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs. We will finish the year looking at geometry - in particular properties of shapes and position and direction.

We will also continue our weekly arithmetic test, 99 club and number fact challenge.



R.E -This half term we will continue looking at the Church and sacraments. We will think about important questions like is God always present in church?  We will look at the liturgical calendar and what colours represent in the Church.
We will also start to explore Judaism and what this religion entails and it's links to Christiannity. 


Design and Technology- Our topic for this half term is 'Hunted', where we will be investigating habitats and environments, minibeasts, predators and prey.
We are going to meet a shipwrecked explorer and think about his needs; what foods are essential for humans? What food types are there? What could we find on a desert island? We will be planning, tasting and making a meal for the shipwrecked explorer and evaluating whether we have met his needs. 





Important Class Information

Homework - Homework will be given out at the beginning of each new half term and consists of different tasks that are to be completed over the course of the half term. The activities are directly linked to what we will be looking at within class and are designed specifically to be completed by the children independently. This is in order to give the children a sense of responsibility to ensure the tasks are completed on time and also to give them ownership over their own work. The activities are designed to be done in ANY order your child wishes to complete them in and are of varying lengths in order to fit around your family life schedule each week.

There will always be a MyMaths activity and activity to complete each week online (usernames and passwords for these will be given out along with homework folders and, should access to the internet be a problem at home, children will be given a slot to complete these short activities during dinnertimes).


Reading - Reading this year is to be strictly monitored by myself. Children will receive a banded reading book to continue their reading progression and this must be read at least 3 times per week aloud to parents for at least 10 minutes per session. Consistent reading is the only way for children to improve their reading skills which are vital for their school work and so, as well as their banded reading books, I will be giving each child a Reading Bingo sheet full of age appropriate books for them to read at home and at school (independently) for chances to win prizes if they can read all the books in a line or manage to read all the books of a certain colour. I have chosen these books very carefully and I'm sure everyone will find books they will love on there! This Reading Bingo sheet should run alongside their school reading to encourage fun, interest and excitement about reading!


Swimming - Swimming will take over our P.E slots this half term and will take place each Monday morning. Children will require: a towel, a swimming cap and appropriate swimming attire (swimming trunks or fitted shorts for the boys and one-piece swimming costumes for the girls...goggles etc are not permitted unless a medical reason is provided by parents/carers in writing) Please also be warned that without the right swimming costumes and swimming caps, the children will not be allowed to take part in the swimming lessons for health and safety reasons.

Similarly, items of jewellery that are permitted in school (plain ear studs only) must be able to be removed for swimming or your child will not be able to take part as with all other P.E lessons this year.

Hats can be purchased from Fulwood Leisure Centre in an emergency and cost approx. £1.20...please send a message to me with money if a hat needs to be bought on the day.



A message for parents and carers:



This term I am going to be introducing a new interactive tool for the classroom. It is called 'Seesaw' and is available in most App Stores to download for free at home. Seesaw is a way that the children can see what we have been working on in class, look at pictures from our lessons, see pieces of work from the week, see pictures and videos of themselves and look for any updates from Fir Class.

Our class has its own login QR code which needs to be scanned to allow access (each child will be given access to the QR code in class). They can then look at our updates and see what we have done and, also, what we will be working on the near future!